This is the meaning of the term ‘Kush’

This is the meaning of the term 'Kush'

Published on: 10/08/2023


To speak of ‘Kush’ is to speak of a variety originating from a distant region, which over the years has carved out a prominent place for itself among light cannabis cultivars. Its name has a ‘geographical’ origin and has contributed to some of the best hybrids around.

We learn more about this cultivar and the hybrids that have resulted from crosses with other varieties, some of which are enjoying considerable success among legal cannabis and weed seeds professionals.

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What does means Kush variety?

Kush cultivars take their name from the Hindi Kush mountain range, some 1000 kilometers of mountains between west-central Afghanistan and Pakistan in the tribal areas and north-west frontier.

The Hindi Kush is characterized by its harsh climate: if in the south it is exposed to the fury of the monsoons, in the north the very little rain makes a sparse landscape, with few trees and small bushes. In the interior, they suffer even more from the absence of rain: not surprisingly, shrubs only grow near the watercourses and the appearance of the landscape is vaguely desert-like.

In such a climatically hostile region, small but hardy cannabis varieties (coming for example from feminized weeds) with thick green buds (with purple hues) and rust, orange and brown pistils could only arise.

Varieties with Kush genetics were introduced to the West several decades ago, between the 1960s and 1970s, when some explorers brought the seeds to the United States and from there cultivated or crossed with other cultivars.

What does means Kush variety?

Kush cannabis varieties: characteristics

As mentioned, cultivars called Kush are small in size and highly resistant to colder temperatures, which is why many hybrids born from this cultivar are suitable for cultivation in cold regions.

In terms of aromas and flavors, Kush have a certain complexity and are mainly reminiscent of earth, flowers and trees such as pine and conifers. There is no shortage of spicy aftertaste (pepper above all). The inflorescences emanate scents of fruit (grapes in particular), diesel, citrus and earth.

Kush varieties are predominantly indica and have a THC content of around 18%.

The main varieties and hybrids of Kush genetics

Let us now look at the most famous varieties and the most popular hybrids of this cultivar, some of which have won major prizes in industry competitions.

OG Kush

One of the best-known varieties, the OG Kush is a hybrid that originated in Florida in the 1990s and was immediately appreciated for its robust genetics and remarkable characteristics: the aromas (wood, earth, citrus), flavors (pine and earth), and THC content make it one of the most successful hybrids, the ‘progenitor’ of many other top hybrids.

OBG Kush

A mix of indica and sativa created with the help of Venezuelan rapper Akapellah. The combination of the best Kush strains around has resulted in a cultivar with a very fast flowering time (only 40 days), good yield and a sweet flavor with pungent earthy hints.

Master Kush

Characterized by its earthy, spicy flavors, Master Kush is a long-established, indica-dominant variety. It contains good amounts of THC and CBD and has a flowering time of around 8 weeks. Resistant like other Kush strains, it can be grown relatively easily outdoors and indoors.

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The main varieties and hybrids of Kush genetics

Power Kush

Easy to grow, Power Kush is a sativa and indica hybrid (50-50), born from Afghan skunk and Kush cultivars, with a low THC component (16%).

Terpenic profiles recall aromas of flowers (carnation), earth, pine and black pepper. It matures in about 50 days and can also withstand particularly cold climates, although it is at its best in Mediterranean regions.

Special Kush

Like the Power Kush, the Special Kush is a sativa/indica hybrid perfect for experienced and inexperienced professional growers. The depth of aroma, decent THC content, fairly fast flowering (approx. 7-9 weeks) and resistance make it one of the most interesting Kush varieties.

In conclusion

The term Kush denotes the varieties that originated in the region crossed by the Hindi Kush mountain range and the cultivars that, after being exported to the United States, gave rise to strong, resistant hybrids with optimal yields.

The resistance is due to the harsh climate in which the original varieties evolved: between monsoons, short summers and poor rainfall, the different Kush varieties are robust, suitable for cultivation in cold climate regions even by novice growers.

The many hybrids born from the Kush varieties have often won praise from professionals and many prizes in industry competitions.

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